French shipbuilder OCEA wants shipyard in Philippines

French shipbuilder OCEA, the builder of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)’s offshore patrol vessel (OPV) BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301), has expressed its intention to establish a shipyard in the Philippines.

According to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), OCEA pledged ₱1.5 billion in investments for a shipyard project in the Philippines that may potentially create 500-600 direct and indirect jobs.

The intent was revealed during the 9th Philippine-France Joint Economic Committee (JEC) meeting held on July 2.

“Through its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Roland Joassard, OCEA, a shipbuilding company in northwest France, formally expressed in the presence of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, and French Minister for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness Franck Riester, its intent to set up a shipyard in the country,” DTI said.